Jeremy Cuff (Purchasing Manager at Horizon Distributors, Vancouver BC)
Posted by Sarah
Jeremy started running 11 years ago. Wait, well, he did one run in high school and placed second… But his friends didn’t think running was cool so he quit. It would take a cute girl to get him back out running (yes, I’m referring to me 11 years ago)!
Jeremy may have picked up running to impress his future wife, but today he runs because he likes to see what he can achieve. He’s a bit of a natural when it comes to running and is super competitive with himself. Okay, make that everyone in his age group! As someone who’s always striving to become better, he’s always looking for ways to improve (such as taking on double runs this week!). Plus, he runs for health – he wants to stay active for years to come!
So let’s talk about how Jeremy fuels his running! Here he is, unedited, on how eating to run enables him to be a successful runner:
Q&A with Jeremy
sarah- Why do you eat to run instead of running and then indulging?
jeremy- I know that eating well supports running faster and will help me to achieve the goals that I’ve set for myself. Running is hard as it is… Why would I eat crappy food that would just make running feel harder? That just doesn’t make sense. I prefer to feel good and hit my goals.
sarah- Fave pre-run eats?
jeremy– I love potatoes. So the night before my long run, I make sure my wife makes me mashed potatoes (well, I ask nicely). Not mashed cauliflower. Mashed potatoes. With coconut milk, olive oil, sea salt and parsley mashed in. Any excuse to eat potatoes, I’ll use it. Then the morning of my long run I’ll have a bowl of granola swimming in organic soy milk and a banana or berries with a big glass of pomegranate juice.
sarah- Fave post-run eats?
jeremy– Definitely the berry cherry recovery shake. And the blueberry recovery shake. I’m not usually hungry for anything solid for another hour or two, but then I like coconut pancakes. A lot.
sarah- Fave race you’ve run?
jeremy– Oh boy. Tough call. I’d have to say the Whistler Half this past June. I really enjoyed it because I did well (2nd in my age group) and really loved how scenic the race was. And I saw a bear! Long Beach Marathon is also one of my favourites – it was there in 2010 that I qualified for Boston for the first time. That’s a pretty good memory for me!
sarah- Tell us what’s next?
jeremy– I’m currently training for a sub 3-hour marathon in Victoria this fall. Well, a sub 3-hour marathon has been my goal for a while now, but this time it’s happening. After all, I’m doing double runs this time around – that’s got to get me something!
So hubby and I both have set our audacious goals for this fall. And I’ve finally convinced him that double runs are the way to go. Now I’m really hoping he hits his mark – or I’ll be stuck doing doubles by myself again!
- 5k – 17:58
- 10k – 36:40
- Half marathon – 1:22:36
- Marathon – 3:03:13 (update: Jeremy hit his goal and ran a 2:57:16 marathon on October 13, 2013 in Victoria!!)